Saturday, December 10, 10:00 am—2:00 pm: CHRISTMAS IN EDGARTOWN! (The REAL St Nicholas will walk in the parade, and then we’ll be hosting all sorts of guests for music (carols and song hosted by our own Griffin McMahon at 12:30), and offering our guests FREE LUNCH—please pop in to be with us AND BRING YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY SCHEDULE:
Our Christmas Eve services are 4:00 pm (family oriented) and 9:45 pm (Choral).Christmas Day we celebrate at 10:00 am. All are welcome!
ADVENT BOOKLETS ARE HERE! This year, there are two choices: “Living Well Through Advent: Practicing Simplicity with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind,” put out by the popular “Living Compass” program, offers ways to undertake simple daily practices to help us cultivate wellness in all areas of life. (Father Chip recently attended a training conference to offer Living Compass courses and plans to do so in 2017.) The second offering, ”What Are You Waiting For?,” written by Episcopal priest Christine McSpadden, offers daily meditations exploring the power and promise in waiting: “By opening up the experience of waiting, by thinking about it creatively, and by perceiving it as part of God’s invitation to a new reality, this book seeks to transfigure time spent waiting.”
Please consider making a commitment, this Advent, to spending some time each day with either (or both!) of these fine offerings—and see what God has in store for you as we begin a new liturgical year!
THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS TURKEY DRIVE: Now through December 11—sponsored by Vineyard Committee on Hunger. A $25.00 check pays for soup to (turkey) to nuts for a full family! Please make checks out to “Family to Family.”
REMEMBER LOVED ONES AT CHRISTMAS by leaving their names with us on the Memorial Flower cards in the pews and Parish Hall, or email Heather Anne Slayton at email@example.com. (And please consider making an offering to help our Altar Guild for the decking of our halls this Christmas and our annual expenses!)
NIGHTS ARE GETTING NIPPY AGAIN so it’s a fine time to begin bringing in canned and boxed (unopened) food items for our Island Food Pantry ministry. If you’d like to write a check to help out our hungry neighbors, feel free to use the envelopes in the pews, and place them in the offering plate. A little love goes a long way! PLEASE NOTE: we could use some help getting plastic, paper or reusable bags to help transport our food offerings over to the Pantry center in VH—please leave them in the box along with your food offerings!
OUR SECOND SEASON OF HOUSES OF GRACE island winter shelter program begins in January, but we need YOU to help us staff it! We are seeking volunteers, and each needs to attend just ONE Orientation/Training Session in order to serve. Volunteers can choose to serve an early shift (6:30 pm—9:00 pm) or a late shift (9:00 pm – 7:00 am). THIS IS MEANINGFUL AND CARING WORK—and transforms the volunteers as well as our guests! The next Orientation Session is Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Anyone considering becoming a volunteer, or anyone who would merely like to see how it all works, is welcome to join us!
SATURDAY MORNING BREAKFASTS continue—for the women, second Saturdays of the month—and for the men, third Saturdays, to gather, get to know each other, and reconnect with God. Next breakfasts: WOMEN—SAT DEC 12; MEN—SAT DEC 19.Bring a friend or two!
VOLUNTEER OPENINGS: Warming Center at St Andrew’s Church, weekdays beginning in December, 1:00—3:00 pm. Sit and read a book and welcome in those who are cold. Sign up in Parish Hall. No expertise necessary!
For Information about HOUSES OF GRACE Click on the FAITH IN ACTION tab above
“The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.”
Wardens: Carl Malmquist & Chris White
Treasurer: Wesley Brown
Parish Clerk: Pam Monterosso
Members at Large:
Claudia Metell, Caroline Evans, Hans von Steiger, Sandra Mott, Kevin McFarland and Carrie Caldwell